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31 January 2021
Behaviour & Information Technology
Special Issue Editor(s)
Beijing Institute of Technology / Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology
Rohit Ashok Khot,
Martijn ten Bhömer,
The University of Nottingham
University of California, Irvine
Weaving Healthy Behaviors into New Technology Routines: Designing for Teleworking Contexts
The rapid prevalence of teleworking modes has imposed several new challenges to the work routine, such as keeping a good work-life balance, coping with social isolation, and adapting to new technologies. These issues have become more salient during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a great many of workers had been forced to transform their way of work from the office context to a remote context (such as telecommute). Furthermore, it has been increasingly discussed among companies and global institutions to rethink work practices and adopt teleworking mode partially or permanently in the future. However, the teleworking mode can substantially challenge us in maintaining health and vitality. For example, the dominant usage of the computer in teleworking routines can easily lead to prolonged sedentary time and increased chronic stress for workers, threatening their physical, mental and social wellbeing. Therefore, it seems to be the time to deliberate on existing and potential health-related challenges and create possible solutions to address them for the current and future teleworking scenarios.
To do so we need to first understand the impacts or misfit of current technologies in the work routines to support positive health and wellbeing while transitioning to teleworking contexts. While a wide variety of novel interactive systems have been developed in the past to facilitate health tracking and healthy exercises, relatively less research has happened in cultivating healthier work and lifestyles in teleworking contexts. Moreover, limited understanding exists on the challenges and external socio-cultural factors that might influence the outcome.
The present special issue is intended to explore this large design space on facilitating healthful technology routines for teleworkers. We call for interdisciplinary endeavors, synergizing expertise from HCI, design, health informatics, persuasive technology, exertion games, and psychology, to jointly approach this vision.
In this special issue, we invite submissions of high quality, original research papers presenting empirical findings, innovative design solutions and use cases, or theoretical works in response to the challenges encompassing teleworking.
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Special issue title - Weaving healthy behaviors into new technology routines: designing for teleworking contexts
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Studies on the impacts of telework on health and wellbeing.
- Design explorations of novel interactive systems for promoting health and wellbeing in teleworking routines.
- Studies and data on technologies for healthful behavior change or routine transition for teleworkers.
- Theoretical and empirical work aiming to understand challenges, opportunities, or implications of teleworking contexts, in order to inform technology design and development.
- Methodological contributions: e.g., research methods and data gathering techniques for the teleworking contexts, or innovative design approaches for enhancing wellbeing in teleworkers.
- Other research explorations related to this topic.
Article Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021
Author Notification: April 30, 2021
Revised Article Deadline: June 30, 2021
Final Notification: August 15, 2021
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